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Police investigating Dundalk homicide

A man was fatally shot in Dundalk Wednesday night, Baltimore County police said.

Officers found the man with a gunshot wound in the 7800 block of St. Claire Lane.

No other additional information was immediately available.

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Man shot dead in SW Baltimore

A man was shot dead in the middle of a street in Southwest Baltimore Wednesday night, police said.

Officers were called just before 7 p.m. to the first block of S. Catherine Street in the Shipley Hill neighborhood, where they found a man who fire department paramedics pronounced dead from several gunshot wounds to the head, police said.

He was not identified, pending next-of-kin notification.

More than an hour later, the victim's body was still lying, blocked from view by police, near a parked SUV in the middle of the street. Officers cordoned off the block while crime scene technicians placed and photographed evidence markers. A crowd of roughly 50 gathered at the police tape on both ends of the block on West Baltimore and Hollins streets looking on, several of them expressing anger at the time it took for the the victim's body to be removed.

Police spokesman Detective Jeremy Silbert said the Office of the State Medical Examiner performs that duty and referred questions about any...

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Baltimore's crime camera system to expand, recruit private firms

Two years after approval, city officials plan to launch a new program Thursday to give police quicker access to the hundreds of private cameras mounted outside of businesses and homes around Baltimore.

In 2012, the Abell Foundation funded the new program, called CitiWatch Community Partnership, with a $53,000 grant. The city's Board of Estimates agreed at the time to create a database that would make it easier for businesses to give the police department access to their private security cameras. The result could be hundreds more cameras connected to the city's system.

"I think we could more than quadruple the number of cameras we have access to," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. "It's possible to exponentially increase our visual footprint immediately."

The new program took years to launch because the city's IT office had to build a system for the project, the mayor said.

The new city database builds on the Police Department's current arrangement with several large organizations...

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California firm with ties to Batts hired to provide police training

Baltimore’s spending panel on Wednesday approved a $28,000 agreement for police use of force training with a California-based company that has ties to Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts.

The Board of Estimates approved the agreement with Nottingham & Associates, a firm that’s run by Steven Nottingham, a retired police lieutenant who worked with Batts while Batts led agencies in Oakland and Long Beach, both of which are in California.

Kevin Harris, a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, said the mayor tapped Batts to lead the city’s police based on his “knowledge, relationships and ability to draw on these sources to get results here in Baltimore.”

Nottingham is a “reputable subject matter expert” with proven results from other jurisdictions, Harris said.

The agreement covers two training courses on command and control incidents and practical incident command systems, both of which will address “high liability use of force encounters,” according to the board.

“The agency...

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Officer seen on assault video charged with assault, perjury

A Baltimore police officer who was caught on video beating a suspect — but remained on the job for three months until the video was publicly revealed — was criminally charged with assault and perjury, city prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Officer Vincent E. Cosom Jr., a seven-year veteran of the force, is shown on city surveillance camera footage launching what appears to be an unprovoked attack on Kollin Truss at a bus stop on East North Avenue.

A surveillance camera operator flagged the footage on the night in June that it occurred, and prosecutors and internal affairs detectives were aware of it, but Cosom was not suspended until Truss' attorneys made the video public last month. Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said he had not been aware of the incident until then, and suspended Cosom on Sept. 16.

In addition to second-degree assault, Cosom was charged with perjury after writing in a statement of probable cause that Truss had assaulted him. All charges against Truss were...

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Former teller sentenced in Dundalk bank robbery

A former teller was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday to seven years in prison for robbing the Dundalk M

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